I will take a few lines to put in my naive two cents. It would be presumptuous to say I saw this coming but I had read several month ago that the magazine might close. It was strongly refuted at the time by those commenting on the article but I could see why someone might think that Gourmet was losing its edge. Don't get me wrong. I love the magazine and always have but there were logical reasons for its demise. Gourmet is not a ideal "newsstand" magazine, putting it at a severe disadvantage when attracting new readership. Compare Gourmet to say recent upstart Cooking Light. Cooking Light sits on the magazine rack in the checkout, often right next to some popular magazine carrying an article about the latest winner on the hit TV show "The Biggest Loser". In a culture that is in desperate need of slimming down, Cooking Light immediately addresses that need and loudly proclaims that it can. Think of the cover of Gourmet as well. Even I, who love great photography though I obviously can't produce it myself, was a bit surprised to see a fuzzy green quince on the cover of the September issue. Very few Americans are going to look at a fuzzy unfamiliar fruit and think "You know, I'll made that for dinner." Heck, I really tried and I couldn't even find quince. Gourmet has just not concerned itself much with attracting newsstand customers with the cover recipe.
All this being said, I have made a decision about my Gourmet project. Obviously, making a year's worth of Gourmet's recipes won't happen. 9 months just doesn't have the same ring but I will continue to make as many recipes from the last issues of Gourmet as I can. I may not make the effort to go back and finish all of June's recipes that I missed like I planned. (No grilled cactus paddles for Eyrleigh) But I will still have fun making the recipes of Gourmet. I may not make 4 different Thanksgiving menus, something I was already a bit nervous about but I will make what looks good and will help me learn. I never committed the blog to be forever about one cooking magazine so I may simply switch magazines, though I may not begin with another before the new year. Ah, but I will miss you, Gourmet!
Tonight I made two recipes from the October Gourmet. I had actually planned to make these recipes Friday but we added a little kitty from the shelter to our family on Friday so the evening got away from me. The Chicken and Dumplings on page 131 were a yummy one pot meal for the evening. The addition of cremini mushrooms gave the broth a earthy, complex flavor and added a rich brown color to the bowl. I always found chicken and dumplings a wonderful comfort food and this recipe was just that. The dumplings were soft but firm. I found the poached chicken a bit dry but the ratio of chicken to dumplings was good, though I should have made my dumplings a bit smaller. The dill in the dumplings added a nice note.
I made the Rich Chocolate Mousse for dessert and I should capitalize the entire word rich. Wow! This was a very good mousse in small quantities and though the number of beaten ingredients got a little over the top, it really was pretty easy to simply rinse the bowl and the beaters and add the next thing. Using raw eggs always makes me a bit nervous but I'm sure they are pasteurized so it's no issue. Eyrleigh though this dish was a little much,too. After a few bites, she claimed it was too spicy, her go-to phrase for something she doesn't want any more of.
Chicken and Dumplings-B+
Rich Chocolate Mousse-B